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Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony

Brooklyn native Carmelo Anthony, better known as “Melo” to his friends and family, is a 6-time NBA All-Star and NCAA Champion. Beginning his NBA career with the Denver Nuggets, Melo returned to his hometown to join the legendary New York Knicks. Read Article

Dan Rubinstein

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Josh Spear

When Josh isn’t collecting passport stamps he is being sought out for his fresh perspective and no-holds-barred style of consulting on everything from design and gadgets to digital strategy and global trends. Read Article

Craig Kanarick

Craig Kanarick is a entrepreneur, designer and artist living in Manhattan. His latest company, New York Mouth, is an online store for indie food – small-batch, artisanal and handcrafted products from small independent producers in and around the New York Area. Read Article

Evan Orensten

Evan Orensten is the Executive Editor and Co-Founder of Cool Hunting, a digital publication that reports on innovation and creativity. He’s also the Managing Partner of Largetail, a digital advertising network and services firm. Read Article

Kevin P. Ryan

Kevin P. Ryan is the Founder and CEO of Gilt Groupe, an innovative e-commerce company offering highly coveted products and experiences at insider prices. Read Article

Neil Blumenthal

Neil loves helping people see. He and three friends launched Warby Parker, a transformative eyewear brand sold through www.warbyparker.com for a fraction of the price of comparable quality glasses. Read Article

Jeff Staple

With his hands in just about everything, Jeff Ng aka Jeff Staple has masterfully created an entire world of communicating through design. Read Article

Noreen MacDonald

Noreen MacDonald, A.J.P. Flagship Manager of IWC New York, has enjoyed an exciting journey in the land of timepieces and fine jewelry. Having started out her jewelry career at Harry Winston, she has worked in many aspects of luxury retail on both Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue with such brands as Tiffany & Co./Patek Philippe, DiModolo Milano and Trade Show Network. Read Article

Michael Williams

People say that after ten years of living in the city, you can legitimately call yourself a real New Yorker. Well, I’ve been here for eleven years, and while I’ve put in the time, I don’t think I’ve quite earned the badge just yet. New York is an incredibly vibrant and diverse place, but it is also a city that takes some time to get to know. Read Article

Globetrotter New York City

Ben Clymer

I don’t just live in New York – I work here, I play here, I go to school here, and I create here.

Text — Ben Clymer Photos — Ben Clymer Date — 18 April, 2012

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—Ben Clymer

“I often wonder what my life would’ve been like had I not moved to New York after college. I consider New York a partner in my business – without which I would not be where I am today (wherever that is – I think it’s a good place).”

“It is New York and the incredible people who inhabit it that have shown me that it would be possible to create a life that I wanted to live around things that I loved. And, it is New York that inspires me to continue on down a path that most people don’t understand. I don’t just live in New York – I work here, I play here, I go to school here, and I create here. I’m lucky enough to see the great cities of the world with some regularity, but at the end of the day, nothing comes close to the energy and opportunities offered by New York. Here are a few places you might find me on any given day in NYC:”

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Silver Lining Opticians

“I’ve worn glasses every day of my life since Kindergarten, and much of what I love about a hand-made watch – the combination of art, design, and engineering into a supremely functional form – is mirrored in the glasses at Silver Lining. If I owned a watch store (no – I have no plans to open a HODINKEE store), I’d want it to be just like Silver Lining.”

“The selection of glasses here is the most interesting and tightly curated group of frames you will find in the world. They only stock the very best (unworn) vintage frames from the likes of Persol, Rayban, Cartier, and Balenciaga – all from before they were purchased by luxury conglomerates – and modern frames from true independent artisans – most of which are still hand-made in France. They carry both eyeglasses and sunglasses, and there is just no place like it.”

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—92 Thompson St.

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Soho House NYC

“I travel a lot – sometimes too much. But, because I travel so frequently, it doesn’t make sense to rent an office space in New York. So, when I’m in town and don’t feel like working from home or a coffee shop, I go to the Soho House on 9th Avenue. It is decorated just like I would want my own office to look like – with plush leather couches and chairs, an oak bar, and a beautifully tiled pantry.”

“On top of that, I can sit there and work all day long, host meetings in a private and comfortable environment, and when the day is over, head to roof for a drink with friends. It also doesn’t hurt that there are clubs in London, LA, Miami, and Berlin which I can use while traveling.”

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—29 9th Avenue

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Columbia Journalism School

“Something most people don’t know about me is that over the past two years, in addition to working on HODINKEE full-time, I’ve also been a student at the Journalism school at Columbia. The J-school is one of the most inspiring places I’ve ever been, especially for a young writer. The amount of talent one is exposed to here is awe-inspiring, and in my time here I’ve been lucky enough to be have seen multiple Pulitzer prize winners, and several people who have shaped, and continue to shape the modern media landscape.”

“Both the faculty and the students are a great source of motivation for me, personally and professionally, and my writing, editing, and aptitude for great journalism has seen a complete 180° change as a student here. There is no place better in the world to learn the fundamentals of story telling than this school, and even it’s worth a visit to check out when passing through NY. While you cannot attend a class unless you are enrolled, the school does offer several event series that are open to the public.”

“More info(More info)“http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/

—2960 Broadway

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MiN Apothecary

“MiN is just one of those places you don’t realize you need until you’ve been there. It’s a modern day apothecary and stocks the best fragrances and men’s products in the world. I’m talking hand-made straight razors with boxwood handles, true artisanal shave creams that are mixed in small batches, and colognes and after shaves that will put anything else you’ve ever tried – even the expensive stuff – to shame.”

“They also stock a few other accessories like Ernest Alexander bags, and are constantly on the look out for new products from boutique manufacturers and mixers. It’s really amazing how much a difference you can feel between real shave products like those you find at MiN and the stuff you buy at the grocery store. I wasn’t a believer until I tried it, and now I’ll never go back to anything else.”

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—117 Crosby Street

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Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony

Brooklyn native Carmelo Anthony, better known as “Melo” to his friends and family, is a 6-time NBA All-Star and NCAA Champion. Beginning his NBA career with the Denver Nuggets, Melo returned to his hometown to join the legendary New York Knicks. Read Article

Dan Rubinstein

Dan Rubinstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Surface, a bi-monthly international design magazine. He is also a freelance consultant and curator. Read Article

Josh Spear

When Josh isn’t collecting passport stamps he is being sought out for his fresh perspective and no-holds-barred style of consulting on everything from design and gadgets to digital strategy and global trends. Read Article

Craig Kanarick

Craig Kanarick is a entrepreneur, designer and artist living in Manhattan. His latest company, New York Mouth, is an online store for indie food – small-batch, artisanal and handcrafted products from small independent producers in and around the New York Area. Read Article

Evan Orensten

Evan Orensten is the Executive Editor and Co-Founder of Cool Hunting, a digital publication that reports on innovation and creativity. He’s also the Managing Partner of Largetail, a digital advertising network and services firm. Read Article

Kevin P. Ryan

Kevin P. Ryan is the Founder and CEO of Gilt Groupe, an innovative e-commerce company offering highly coveted products and experiences at insider prices. Read Article

Neil Blumenthal

Neil loves helping people see. He and three friends launched Warby Parker, a transformative eyewear brand sold through www.warbyparker.com for a fraction of the price of comparable quality glasses. Read Article

Jeff Staple

With his hands in just about everything, Jeff Ng aka Jeff Staple has masterfully created an entire world of communicating through design. Read Article

Noreen MacDonald

Noreen MacDonald, A.J.P. Flagship Manager of IWC New York, has enjoyed an exciting journey in the land of timepieces and fine jewelry. Having started out her jewelry career at Harry Winston, she has worked in many aspects of luxury retail on both Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue with such brands as Tiffany & Co./Patek Philippe, DiModolo Milano and Trade Show Network. Read Article

Michael Williams

People say that after ten years of living in the city, you can legitimately call yourself a real New Yorker. Well, I’ve been here for eleven years, and while I’ve put in the time, I don’t think I’ve quite earned the badge just yet. New York is an incredibly vibrant and diverse place, but it is also a city that takes some time to get to know. Read Article